If you are a carrier company or even a truck driver for that matter, we certainly hope you are clean as a whistle with regards to drugs and alcohol. That’s because both are forced to randomly comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) mandatory drug and alcohol testing programs requirements, per 49 CFR 382.403. This is an annual random inspection for carrier companies and their drivers.
Carriers chosen by the FMCSA are required to submit their drug and alcohol test results within 60 days. Failure to comply can result in some hefty penalties.
The following guidelines and rules were gathered from the FMCSA’s website:
Each truck transport supervisor that takes the DOT-required drug and alcohol training courses learns the following essentials:
Each training session is broken down into two 60 minute sessions that involve watching training films about alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace, and then working through a workbook with true or false statements, as well as scenarios. This instruction is intended to help the supervisor build a determination as to whether an employee appears to be in violation of an alcohol or drug abuse related offense.
The following are some of the common mistakes fleet management and supervisors make when implementing the DOT’s drug and alcohol testing program:
Companies and drivers should make a good faith effort to comply with the DOT drug and alcohol testing program, because failure to do so could results in serious fines and penalties. If implemented correctly, the FMCSA’s guidelines should establish a very trustworthy drug and alcohol program to administer.
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1“MADD and Colorado State Patrol launch annual PowerTalk 21 efforts” published in The Villager, April 2016.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently came out with its annual truck accident report for 2015, which actually shows that there was an 8 percent increase in the number of deaths from 2014 to 2015. The FMCSA in its effort to find ways to decrease truck accident fatalities has turned to cab cameras to help understand causes of truck accidents and determine how to prevent future truck accidents.
Obviously, the issue of putting cameras in the cabs of truck is a pretty controversial one. While the government thinks it’s an outstanding tool to use for studying crash causes and collecting data, there are still many truck drivers that feel it is invasion of their privacy.
Companies finding the best success in terms of studying the truck driver behaviors and crash causes are using what is called “dual cameras” in the cab. That is where one of the cameras faces forward onto the roadway, while the second camera is positioned to face backwards towards the truck driver to capture their actions and behaviors. Here are some of the industry findings from using dual cameras in truck cabs:1
While many truck drivers see the effective usefulness of cameras in the truck cabs, many are still against it because they say it violates their privacy. On the flip side, safety experts argue that back facing cameras help get a perspective of moments before collisions, during, and after. The following are some more arguments against back-facing cameras:
Have you or a family member been involved in a truck-related accident? If so, you can count on the aggressive and experienced Accident Attorney with the Warshauer McLaughlin Law Group to seek the justice and the financial restitution you may deserve. Our trustworthy legal experts thoroughly investigate the facts and build solid cases, which is why we are so successful in truck-related collision litigation. We also care about our clients, so if you are hospitalized we can meet you on your terms and schedule, or even come to you.
To get a free, initial consultation, call us today at (720) 606-6887 or email us using the contact form on this page. We are also available to our clients – 24 hours per day, 7 days per week – so that they have the personal attention their case deserves. We are located in Denver, but we’ll also take clients throughout the rest of the state as well.
1“Are Commercial Truck Cameras Making Roads Safer?” published on Yahoo Finance, April 2017.
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